Battery Chemistry

Most 2 way radios use either alkaline, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride or lithium ion batteries. Each of these battery chemistries has advantages and disadvantages.

Alkaline batteries are for temporary use and are not re-chargeable but have a long shelf life. These batteries can sit on a shelf waiting to be used for up to 10 years. However the disposable nature of these batteries make them too expensive for daily use.

Nickel Cadmium batteries are the least costly but develop memory burn and lose their effectiveness if they are re-charged without first being totally discharged.

Nickel Metal Hydride batteries are the least costly and work great in severe cold but weight more than Lithium Ion batteries.

Lithium Ion batteries cost the most but have no memory burn issues and weight the lease for the amount of energy they contain.

Each of these batteries need to be matched with a charger than is made specifically for the chemistry being re-charged. Don’t be putting a nickel cadmium battery in a lithium ion charger unless you’re looking for trouble.

We sell aftermarket batteries as well as original manufacturer batteries for nearly every radio. If you need help with 2 way radio batteries give us a call. Doing business with us is easy.

Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer